So many people ask the questions, what must I do to become acceptable to God? How can a person gain access to God, in order to fellowship and commune with Him? How can a person come to know God in a real and personal way, so personal that the person can know that God is looking after and caring for him? How can a person gain and maintain a relationship with God? Men have tried to approach God in the past under the Old Covenant and the old dispensations:
• Through prophets
• Through angels
• Through Great Leaders who are great men of God
• Through priests
• Through covenants and law or by trying to be as good as they can
But, every one of these approaches to God are inadequate. They are imperfect and incomplete. They may tell us some things about God. They may help us to understand God to some degree, but they don’t give us the full story, nor do they reveal the whole nature of God. They are only shadows and faint copies of the truth. They show us only a part of the truth about God. They don’t reveal God to us, nor do they make us acceptable to God or give us fellowship with God.
In the Old Testament, the children of Israel built a Tabernacle. The Tabernacle was a place where they sought to worship and become acceptable to God. But, this approach to God was just as inadequate as all the other approaches. Earthly sanctuaries and earthly worship cannot bring us near to God. Earthly sanctuaries and earthly worship cannot make us acceptable to God. Only Jesus Christ can bring us near and make us acceptable to God. This is the point of this passage of Scripture, to show that Jesus Christ is the Greater and more perfect Minister of the Tabernacle. He is the only Minister who brings us to God.
Click on the link below to hear a message on why the new heavenly tabernacle is better than the old.
This is a live recording of The Master’s Class Bible Study at LifeChange Church Wichita, KS.